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Critic Consensus: The premise of ordinary people gaining superpowers has been done before, but this irreverent yet gritty drama stands out from the crowd by making its heroes a group of young offenders doing court-mandated community service.
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Whether the quality stays as high remains to be seen. But it's a testament to the talent of the young cast, in particular, that Misfits blazed onto the screen with such a terrific sense of humour, self-confidence and brio.
So, it's kind of Skins meets Heroes in Asbo-land, but so far Misfits is promising not to be as formulaic as that makes it sound.
Indeed, despite my initial expectations that the powers would largely serve as a Buffy-style metaphor for youth, the show is generally quite subtle about doing this, using the powers to illuminate character traits, rather than as straight analogues.
The performances are confident and very funny, and the ensemble gels well.
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